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Law Firm Survey 2018

By Giles Murphy Finding and retaining those talented individuals is becoming more difficult. Not only must law firms contend with traditional rivals, but also with new entrants, such as the Big 4 accountancy firms. At the same time, firms are looking to shore up their businesses with increasing specialisation and geographic expansion. Mergers and acquisitions […]

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

Approval of changes in Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland

By Rob Aberdein In August 2018 Rob Aberdein explained proposed changes to the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) in Scotland. The legislation enacting those changes has now been approved by Parliament and the new regime will come into force on 29 October 2019.  The legislation and guidance can be viewed here.

ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]

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Legal Ombudsman recruits in Birmingham

The Legal Ombudsman has marked the opening of its new Birmingham office with the announcement of a recruitment drive that will see 300 new staff join the newly formed independent public body. The body, led by Chief Ombudsman Adam Sampson and based at Baskerville House, will investigate and resolve ­complaints made by legal services consumers. […]

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East Mids authorities shuffle advisers

A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while ­kicking off Ashfords. The East Midlands Law Share (EMLS), which includes Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils, has reappointed Browne Jacobson, Freeth Cartwright and Weightmans for a ­further four years. The five panel firms will advise across […]

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Freshfields creates alumni pool for overflow work

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to tap into its network of alumni to handle an anticipated upturn in work levels later this year. The scheme, already given the working title of ’Fresh Work’, is aimed at former fee-earners at the magic circle firm who might be available to work either part-time or on a short-term […]

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Scottish big four to defect to England over ABS row

Top firms’ ultimatum escalates regulatory crisis north of the border The Scottish legal market is facing crisis, with an industry-wide argument over the introduction of alternative business ­structures (ABSs) having the potential to drive the big four firms south of the ­border for good. Dundas & Wilson, Maclay Murray & Spens, McGrigors and Shepherd & Wedderburn (S&W) are […]

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Eversheds on eggshells over Easter treats

Eversheds’ plan to ­present its staff with Easter eggs had to be put on hold after concerns that it might offend employees who do not celebrate the ­Christian festival. The firm’s diversity and equality policy states that the firm is “determined to create a working environment which […] is free from any form of discrimination […] within which all individuals are treated […]

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